Capture El Niño Rains with a Rain Barrel or Cistern

CaptureRainWith heavy rains predicted through spring, plan to capture some of that rainwater by investing in a rain barrel or cistern! You can use your harvested rainwater for many non-potable household water demands like watering potted plants and washing your car, grill or windows.

Ventura Water and the City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability Division, in cooperation with Smith Pipe & Supply, are pleased to offer Ventura residents a Channel/Bushman 50-gallon rain barrel at the discounted price of $45 plus tax ($92 retail value). Present this voucher at Smith Pipe & Supply, 3060 Sherwin Ave. in Ventura to receive the discount on up to two rain barrels per customer or residential address. Please bring proof of your City of Ventura residency, such as your Ventura Water or other utility bill. These rain barrels are for non-potable water use only and the program is subject to availability. Click here to learn more, or to download the voucher, click here.

Click here to learn more about rainwater harvesting.

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From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, February 2016

Prepare to Capture El Niño Rains with a Rain Barrel or Cistern

With heavy rains predicted for this winter, it’s time to invest in a rain barrel or Cistern!rainbarrel

Ventura Water and the City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability Division, in cooperation with Smith Pipe & Supply, are pleased to offer Ventura residents a Channel/Bushman 50-gallon rain barrel at the discounted price of $45 plus tax ($92 retail value). Present this voucher at Smith Pipe & Supply, 3060 Sherwin Ave. in Ventura to receive the discount on up to two rain barrels per customer or residential address. Please bring proof of your City of Ventura residency, such as your Ventura Water or other utility bill. These rain barrels are for non-potable water use only and the program is subject to availability. Click here to learn more, or to download the the voucher, click here.

Also, take advantage of funds available from the Ventura Water Incentive Program to purchase a larger cistern to capture more rainwater. Storage size restrictions apply. Visit www.cityofventura.net/waterwise.

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From Ventura Water’s November 2015 Pipeline

New Ventura Water Wise Incentive Program Continues; Sign Up Now!

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Ventura Residents May ALSO Qualify for Rebates from the State of California for Turf or Toilet Replacement

Ventura Water and the City of Ventura officially launched their new rebate Incentive Program on July 1, and applications have flooded in!

By the end of July, 52 percent of program funds were reserved for current applicants, leaving 48 percent of funds still available. In July, 327 Ventura residents applied for conservation rebates and submitted required documentation (most people applied online). Of the 327, 257 applicants were inspected, approved and served a Notice to Proceed with their projects. More applications are pending.

With fall just around the corner, now is the perfect time to take advantage of this new program while funding is still available. Apply now so you can plant your new water-wise garden before winter.

Ventura Water’s incentive plan focuses on more efficient irrigation devices and a turf removal and replacement incentive when property owners install a low-water alternative to water-thirsty grass. Rebates vary. Get all the details here or call (866) 983-9232.

It’s easy to apply. Here’s how:

  • Complete the application.
  • Read and Sign the Terms & Conditions.
    • Apply online at www.removeyourturf.com, or
    • You may pick up applications and Terms and Conditions at Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St., Treasury Department Room #107 or Building and Safety Room #117, or at the City of Ventura Maintenance Yard Administration building, 336 Sanjon Road.
  • Include a copy of your most recent water bill. You may obtain this by visiting www.cityofventura.net/water/billview.
  • Make sure to submit an application for turf replacement and irrigation devices separately.
  • Send documents one of the following ways (if not online):

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These financial incentives may be available to Ventura residents who also use Ventura Water’s Water Wise Incentive Program! Please read the FAQs at the link below to learn how the state turf rebate program works with other agency rebate programs, including Ventura’s.

  • The state’s turf replacement program has a $24 million budget expected to support converting over 10 million square feet of turf, achieving approximately 20 percent of the statewide goal of replacing 50 million square feet of turf. Up to $2 per square foot of removed-and-replaced turf will be rebated up to a total of $2,000 (1,000 square feet) per household.
  • The state’s toilet rebate program has a $6 million budget expected to support replacing 60,000 toilets statewide. Up to $100 will be rebated for the purchase and installation of one qualified, high-efficiency toilet (1.28 gallons per flush or less) per household that replaces a less-efficient toilet using more than 1.6 gallons per flush.

Check the website for qualifying products, terms and conditions by clicking here. Or: call 844-642-7410, or email turf@saveourwaterrebates.com or toilet@saveourwaterrebates.com.

Read the State’s turf replacement program FAQs here.

Ventura Water customers who apply for the Water Wise Incentive Program using the www.removeyourturf.com website or mail-in application will be sent a verified dollar-per-square-foot amount upon project completion, which then can be used for an application with the state’s program.

From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, August 2015

SAVE Water and Money: Ventura Water Accepting Applications for NEW Water Wise Incentive Program

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Ventura Water and the City of Ventura officially launched our new rebate Incentive Program on July 1 and applications are now being accepted.  It’s never too late to plan a beautiful, new water-wise garden!

The incentive plan focuses on more efficient irrigation devices and a turf removal and replacement incentive when property owners install a low-water alternative to water-thirsty grass. Rebates vary. Get all the details here or call (866) 983-9232.

For tips and ideas as you start designing your new landscape, visit www.venturacountygardening.com.

It’s easy to apply for the Incentive Program. Here’s how:

  • Complete the application.
  • Read and Sign the Terms & Conditions. You may pick up applications and Terms and Conditions at Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St., Treasury Department Room #107 or Building and Safety Room #117, or at the City of Ventura Maintenance Yard Administration building, 336 Sanjon Road.
  • Include a copy of your most recent water bill. You may obtain this by visiting www.cityofventura.net/water/billview.
  • Send documents one of the following ways:

Ventura Water’s NEW Water Wise Incentive Program Saves You Money and Helps Preserve the Environment

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Ventura Water to launch incentive program Summer 2015

40 to 60% of average monthly water use in Ventura is used outdoor, and nearly half of that is wasted due to inefficient watering methods and faulty irrigation systems. It’s been proven however, that upgrading an outdoor irrigation system can help to save as much as 30% of the water from conventional systems.

With those figures in mind, on March 9, 2015, Ventura’s City Council approved Ventura Water’s Water Wise Incentive Plan.  The program, which launched July 1, will help customers offset costs for changing out their traditional green for more appropriate, water wise gardens and more efficient irrigation systems.

“We hope this program will help to motivate customers,” said Jill Santos, City of Ventura Environmental Specialist.  “Even if a property owner has already switched out their landscaping, they still may qualify for other incentives, like rainwater harvesting or a weather-based irrigation timer.”

City residents are encouraged visit: cityofventura.net/waterwise, for more information and to apply  for the incentives.  Applicants will be considered on a first come, first serve basis.

“Any one who is a Ventura Water customer with an account with the City can apply.  Afterwards, staff will verify the property’s square footage, existing irrigation system and landscape type.”

Projects will have 120 days to complete their project.  Depending upon the size of their lawn, applicants will be eligible to receive up to $1600.  An additional $300 may also be available to upgrade a homeowner’s current irrigation converting it to a drip irrigation system, or remove in entirely to install rainwater harvesting equipment.

“Unfortunately, projects already completed cannot be retroactively reimbursed,” said Santos.  “However, projects that have already been started and are not completed may still qualify for other incentives. No rebates will be issued until all of the documentation has been received.  To apply visit:  cityofventura.net/waterwise/incentiveprogram

Other Helpful Information & Links

If you are a Ventura Water customer and would like to have “Water Wise House Call” for your property and have a Ventura Water representative comes to your home or business to assess indoor and outdoor water usage and make water efficient recommendations, please call: (805) 667-6500 to set up an appointment.

To find out about financing programs that help off-set energy and water investments via your property tax, visit: the HERO Program.

For design ideas, a helpful irrigation scheduling tool and plants lists, go to www.venturacountygardening.com

APPLY NOW for REBATES to remove your turf and for water efficient devices : http://removeyourturf.com/

READ ABOUT THE PROGRAM IN VENTURA COUNTY STAR

Ventura Water Accepting Applications for Turf Replacement and Irrigation Efficiency Devices as of July 1, 2015

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We are accepting applications for turf replacement and irrigation efficiency device(s) rebates as of July 1, 2015

 INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Complete the application.
  • Read and Sign the Terms & Conditions. You may pick up applications and terms and conditions at Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St., Treasury Department Room #107 or Building and Safety Room #117, or at the City of Ventura Maintenance Yard Administration building, 336 Sanjon Road.
  • Include a copy of your most recent water bill. You may obtain this by visiting www.cityofventura.net/water/billview.
  • Send documents one of the following ways:

For more information, visit http://www.cityofventura.net/waterwise/incentiveprogram or call (866) 983-9232.

Check Pipeline for Details About New Water Wise Incentive Program

Keep checking your monthly Pipeline e-newsletter from Ventura Water for details about the new conservation Incentive Program for customers coming this summer!

Pipeline covers the latest news about Ventura’s water, wastewater and stormwater services, as well as insights from General Manager Shana Epstein. Upcoming issues will have details of the new financial incentives and rebate program coming this summer from Ventura Water to “wise-up” your landscape.

Water Wise Incentive graphicThe Ventura City Council approved a new incentive program on March 9. The incentive plan focuses on more efficient irrigation devices and a turf removal and replacement incentive when property owners install a low-water alternative to water-thirsty grass. Some artificial turf (restrictions apply); and hardscapes like concrete patios not eligible.

  • For smaller landscape areas that are converted: turf removal rebate is capped at $800.
  • For  larger landscape areas that are converted: turf removal rebate is capped at $1,600.
  • Incentives of up to $300 are also available for other measures like buying mulch, converting to drip irrigation or installing water-efficiency devices.

Details: www.cityofventura.net/water/landscape

Need ideas and inspiration for a gorgeous water-wise garden with little or no grass? Visit www.venturacountygardening.com

Read past issues of Pipeline here

New Conservation Incentive Program for Customers Coming Summer 2015

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Take advantage of financial incentives to “wise-up” your landscape!

The Ventura City Council approved a new incentive program on March 9 for Ventura Water customers to reduce outside water use. The incentive plan focuses on more efficient irrigation devices and a turf removal and replacement incentive when property owners install a low-water alternative to water-thirsty grass. Some artificial turf is allowed if permeable (water can pass through it); hardscapes like concrete or brick patios in lieu of turf are not eligible for a rebate.

Here are the details:

  • Sign up for our Pipeline Newsletter to receive notification when the program starts: http://www.cityofventura.net/water/pipeline
  • For properties under 1 acre: turf removal rebate is capped at $800.
  • For properties over 1 acre: turf removal rebate is capped at $1,600.
  • Incentives of up to $300 are also available for other measures like buying mulch, converting to drip irrigation or installing water-efficiency devices.
  • Rebates will not be issued retroactively for lawns removed prior to the program’s launch date.
  • Read more details about the incentive program here: http://www.cityofventura.net/water/landscape

Here’s how the process works:

  1. Customer applies online or in person with Ventura Water Department.
  2. A program representative will come out to your property to verify your eligibility.
  3. Once approved, you have 120 days to complete the project.
  4. Rebates will be issued after the customer receives a pre-installation inspection and has completed all the recommended activities outlined in the Terms and Conditions of the program.
  5. Program may end at any time due to funding cuts.

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Reminder: A public hearing on the proposed new water shortage rates and codifying the Water Shortage Stages is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 8. in the Ventura City Council Chambers, 501 Poli Street, Ventura. Public comments are welcome.

 

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Call For Water Conservation Continues

Water conservation efforts don’t get a break just because it’s wintertime!SavingWater

This month’s unseasonably warm temperatures all around Southern California mean more trouble for the drought, which is entering its fourth year. Despite the storms in December, January was pretty dry, and it’s usually the wettest month of the year. February is no better. Warm weather has also held down the California snowpack needed to feed streams and rivers, leading to new forecasts that dry conditions will persist this year. Click here to read a recent newspaper article about a pair of new drought forecasts from two federal agencies.

As you know, the city of Ventura last September declared a Stage 3 Water Emergency requiring Ventura Water customers to cut their water use by 20 percent. While water use levels have fallen, they haven’t fallen nearly enough.

Ventura Water customers reduced their water consumption by 7.05 percent in 2014 compared to 2013– nowhere near the mandatory 20 percent. See the full 2013/2014 water usage report here.

A better measure of how Ventura Water customers are doing on conservation is to compare this year’s water usage levels so far to those in 2013- before water conservation measures were requested and later, required. (Remember, the Ventura City Council first called for voluntary conservation in February 2014.)

Comparing January 2015 to the month of January 2013, water use declined by only 4.22 percent.

Let’s strive to make water conservation a daily, year-round habit for everyone! Here are some ways to make that happen in wintertime. More tips can he found at www.saveourwater.com.

  • Change your sprinkler schedule: reduce watering or turn off the sprinklers. Lawns and plants don’t need as much water in the winter. Invest in a weather-based “smart” controller or high efficiency sprinklers which reportedly reduce water use by 30 percent.
  • Find and fix leaks now. One way to find leaks is to read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak.
  • Replace older 3.5 gallons-per-flush toilets with newer 1.3 gpf models, which can save an average of 10 gallons per day.
  • Buy a rain barrel to collect and store rain water runoff. You can use this water for potted plants or to wash your car. Ventura Water and the city of Ventura offer residents a half-price discount for 60-gallon rain barrels. Get your vouchers by clicking here.VoucherFrom Ventura Water’s Pipeline, February 2015